Category Archives: Business

Why Matt Lauer gets the moron of the week award

If you are interviewing the Chairwoman of General Motors (Mary Barra) there are a thousand great questions to ask. Matt Lauer had this opportunity earlier this week. He could have asked how does a major auto defect go overlooked for more than 5 years? Why is it that the NTHSA had to point out the problem before you took action? Why is it that GM cars aren’t the best cars in the world? Why isn’t the Cadillac better than the Lexus or the BMW or the Mercedes? When is GM going to invest in the American worker since most of GM’s profits are made here in the US? Unfortunately, Matt Lauer decided to steer away from thoughtful questions and ask some really, really offensive question about how much time she is spending with her kids.

The actual question was

“You’re a mom, I mentioned, two kids, you said in an interview not long ago that your kids said they’re going to hold you accountable for one job, and that is being a mom,” he said. “Given the pressure at General Motors, can you do both well?”

His blantantly offensive statements don’t stop there. There was this jewel also –

“I want to tread lightly here, but you’ve heard it, you’ve heard it in Congress and you’ve heard it in the headlines. … But there are some people who are speculating that you got this job as a woman and as a mom because people within General Motors knew this company was in for a very tough time, and as a woman and a mom you could present a softer face and a softer image for the company as it goes through the episode [faulty parts linked to deaths],”

In the year 2014, these kind of moronic statements should be relegated to the dustbin of history.

News Roundup – Bergdahl, Code Talker

I’m guessing trying to get Bowe Bergdahl released is a bad thing?

I was going to spend this space talking about the right wing and their attack on Obama for upholding an American value. Read more here.

The last code talker has died. I have been fascinated by the men that signed up to fight for America when they were not truly wanted or included in America.

Sprint and T-Mobile decided to merge. Look for the price that we pay for cellphones and coverage to go up. Now, we really only have 3 cellphone companies – Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (I’m guessing that is what this new company will be called).

Some guys found themselves locked in a courthouse with ballots in Mississippi. This sounds bad.

News Roundup – Ebay, VA and Rory

So, can someone explain to me how we have another security breach at a major company? EBay what’s up? I don’t understand.

I’m not sure that we are looking at the right things at the VA. I don’t think that Eric K. Shinseki is the problem. The VA has been a slow and plodding organization for more than 30 years. When we started the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Bush administration didn’t want to hear about  the large numbers of injured that could potentially be coming back. We didn’t increase the number of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and the like until the Walter Reed scandal. Although Obama has proposed increasing the budget of the VA republicans have not found it in their hearts to go along with these plans.

firing squad

Firing squads? Really? That’s what we need in the US. Firing squads. The US shouldn’t be in the habit of killing its own citizens. The death penalty is simply wrong. Think about it. What is its purpose. The death penalty is designed to exact revenge. Someone has done something so wrong that we, as a society, need to get even. We need to kill that person. I’m not down with that. I won’t get into the recent problems with lethal injection. Let me just say that we want a certain type of death when we use lethal injection. We want one of those soap opera deaths in which the victim simply closes his (her) eyes and dies. We don’t want to see coughing and gagging. That’s ugly. A firing squad? That is beyond ugly. I’m not sure if this idea is just stupid or just sad. Continue reading